iCloud Photos Beta (upload functionality 001)

As part of yesterday’s batch of Apple app refreshes, among them the iMovie for iOS update which has enabled support for iCloud Photo Library and the ability to share videos with iCloud Photo Sharing, Apple has now added upload functionality to a beta version of the iCloud Photos web app available to registered iOS developers.

The features makes it easy to use a desktop computer to upload JPG images using the web interface at beta.icloud.com, making them available on all iOS devices and Macs that have iCloud Photo Library turned on.

Upon logging in to beta.icloud.com with your developer account, you should see the new Upload option added to the toolbar at the top of the interface, like this.

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Clicking the option brings up a file chooser allowing you to select one or more images in the JPG format. A handy upload progress indicator at the bottom of the page shows the progress of your image uploads.

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After the images have been uploaded, all iOS devices with iCloud Photo Library enabled will download full resolution or device-optimized photos, depending on your preferences, when on Wi-Fi.

For the time being, it’s not possible to upload photos and videos in .PNG, .MOV, .MP4 and other file formats that iOS supports. Again, this feature is currently enabled only for Apple’s registered iOS developers with access to a beta version of the iCloud portal through beta.icloud.com.

Consumer iCloud accounts should gain photo upload functionality in the coming weeks.

Any uploaded images count against your iCloud storage quota.

Apple offers five gigabytes of iCloud storage space for free and has recently decreased pricing of storage upgrades. Now you can boost your iCloud storage to twenty gigabytes for 99 cents per month (200 gigabytes for $3.99) or upgrade your iCloud account to a cool 1 terabyte of storage for a monthly fee of $19.99

[iCloud Photos Beta via MacRumors]

  • Frank Anthony

    One question that i want to ask and hopefully someone will answer me correctly without redirecting me to Google or Apple web: What happens when someone subscribe 200GB iCloud per month, but couldn’t pay next month… (1) Will apple revoke the 200GB and delete all the data or (2) Will apple deny a complete access to all the data and still keep 200G, or (3) Will apple deny just Upload access and still 200GB available? This question has never been clear to me. Thank you!

    • Roland Thanos

      I would search google, apple forums, Apple Store, or just call apples tech support. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

    • GadgetQueenn

      I don’t know for sure, but I think you keep the 200GB, but you’re no longer able to sync.

    • Jack Wong

      Good question but if you were Google or Apple, what would you do?

      Of course, cut those storage if you are not making the payment.

    • Rowan09

      Just like when my 2 year Dropbox intro storage (50GB) will be up I won’t be able to add new items to the cloud. I would assume Apple will do the same thing. As GadgetQueenn stated too you won’t be able to sync your items from the cloud either.

  • Just tried it an it works great. My only gripe is that there’s no way to sort by date last added as opposed to date taken…

  • Damian

    So i have one major question.

    how can I view photo stream on my mac yosemite? I know windows has a dedicated folder for it, so does iOS. Also now the iCloud website has it.

    Yet mac iCloud drive does not have photo folder. The only way I am aware of getting to the photo stream is through iPhoto or Aperture, but these two programs seems to be obsolete.